Category : Hinduism
Finally we hear of our beloved Lord Hanuman, It is almost as if Tulasidas has been building up all his prayers to glorify the great embodiment of dharma and devotion, Hanuman. There is a saying in the Upanishads which says ‘polish the mirror of your heart, and you will see God.’ It is Hanuman, who shows us what a polished mirror is. As a servant of this mighty lord my heart is filled with Love as we glorify God’s greatest servant.
I bow with reverence with to the sacred land of Ayodhya. It is the birthplace of our beloved Lord Shri Rama. I bow to those fortunate souls lucky enough to reside there. I greet Kausalaya, the Queen of Dasaratha, whose glory should be known throughout the world. I revere the great King of Dasaratha as an embodiment of virtue. May you shower your blessings upon me as a devotee of your beloved Son. I adore Ayodhya and their great King for he and the people are filled with compassion, devoted to serving the poor, and constantly in remembrance of Shri Rama’s lotus feet.
Yesterday we launched a very important campaign. We are trying to raise £20,000 over the next 60 days. I want to build a small temple dedicated to serving the poor.
There will be a children’s school made on the site as the main service to the village community.
I hope you can support us by helping to raise the needed funds to make the dream a reality.
I would also love your personal involvement in the project. You can even come and help us build it with your own hands!
Yesterday a very special day on the Hindu Calendar. When King Yudhisthira recieved a pot that eternally gave provisions. In the same spirit I hope these centres can be places of eternal service for those who need it most.
Here is the link below, I will be eternally thankful for any contribution you can make.
What is Sanatana Dharma?
Here is Bhisma’s definition in the Mahabharata.
This is the second verse included in our new book ‘The Eternal Path: Pearls of Wisdom from Hinduism’
Not harming, truthfulness, remaining free from anger, and charity, are the four practices you must adhere to, Ajatasatru. This is the Sanatana Dharma.
One thing most people know about Hindus is that they show reverence for the cow, but few really understand the reason for this, and as a result it has been ridiculed at times, with ‘sacred cow’ being used as a metaphor for any object or idea that is pointlessly respected. On a number of occasions the Mahabharata emphasises the view that cows should be respected and even worshipped, and here some of the reasoning behind this custom is explained. Like one’s parents, the cow provides human beings with food in the form of milk and dairy products, and so it is natural that one should reciprocate this bounty by showing respect and providing for the wellbeing of the giver. In the western world, too often animals are treated purely as a resource to be exploited as fully as possible, but here we get a different perspective based on reciprocation rather than one-sided exploitation. At a broader level, one can apply this same mood of reciprocation to the whole of the natural world, and in India the Earth is often represented in the form of a cow. We ruthlessly exploit the resources of the Earth to the point of causing harm to the environment and hence to our own wellbeing. If we could only learn the lesson embodied by the Hindu devotion to the cow then perhaps our world could be a more wholesome place to inhabit.
Often when one thinks of how science and spirituality (especially pertaining to Hinduism) interact with each other, the thoughts that come up are of how diametrically opposed the findings of science are to those of spirituality. As a result, one is often studied at the exclusion of the other.
Oftentimes these days, there is a bit of apprehension towards people outside of the Hindu faith practising yoga. While yoga is indeed associated with the Hindu faith – and more effort should be made to get people to recognize the Hindu roots of yoga – that doesn’t necessarily mean that yoga can only be practices by those born into the faith of Hinduism.
Who are we really?An accountant? An author?
On a daily basis we are confronted with types and social identities, and from childhood it has been ingrained within us to think as such. People spend a lifetime wondering who they truly are, very few of us come to a conclusion, a result………. But even then, things are rarely black and white.
For me the scholar Professor Narasimhachary embodies the Sanatana Dharma. This photo is from his talk for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in Leicester. The talk was called Religion in South India. He sadly passed away recently.
Unfortunately you cannot buy the DVD of the talk unless you visit one of the Friends of the OCHS talks in Leicester (Which I highly recommend), I have however asked them to make this talk and others available online.
I will be sharing some more links in the near future about the works that Professor Narasimhachary left us and the work of the OCHS in general, Why share this? Because think it is absolutely invaluable to us all.
I found this great book written by him called Gods and Goddesses of South India. It is a little expensive but the knowledge he carries is immense. You could not possibly buy you a better Christmas gift!
Heritage is easy to take for granted. Being born into an Indian family, I never knew the richness and profound importance Hinduism has in the world. Even the simplest greeting is an offering to the divine. My teacher Ram Dass said,
‘In India when we meet and part we often say, ‘Namaste’, which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.’
I hope you’re well and in good health,
The Bhagavad Gita offers us an interesting categorization of why we perform puja, worship, or yajnas, or for that matter any action. The scripture divides action into Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. I think we can apply this to all aspects of our life and locate the nature of our choices within the framework of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.
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Today we celebrate the birthday of a great soul who lived 150 years ago. His messages reverberate throughout the world as if he was still here. He was a great practitioner, servant, and scholar of Hinduism. His name was Swami Vivekananda and he was a devout follower of his guru Sri Ramakrishna. From the Dharmic perspective he always spoke for the poor.
Below are some excerpts from his speeches and teachings:
My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
Dear friends,Namaste, I came across this wonderful video on he internet and wanted to share it with you all. It is Tina Turner the great american singer singing the sanskrit mantra Sarvesham, The translation for this this verse is given below. Though it is of Hinduism it is applicable to all beings including animals.
Om Sarvesham Swasti Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
May auspiciousness be unto all;
May peace be unto all;
May fullness be unto all;
May prosperity be unto all.